TAIYUAN, China – Electronics manufacturer Foxconn faced violent unrest from its workers last week, owing to heavy workload on staff producing the iPhone 5, causing operations to be suspended one day.
The reasons behind the incident are still being investigated. However, a few details have been reported by some workers and labor activists.
Around 2 000 workers were involved in the disorder and about 40 of them got injured. Some workers, who chose remain unnamed, claimed that following the recent unveiling of the Apple iPhone 5 there has been an increase of workload at Foxconn factories around China. Many of the workers had to put in long hours of work each day and have not had a day off for a month to fulfill the production requirements.
They further complained that conditions at the workplace are worse, with the management and guards at the factory treating them disrespectfully. Some critics have called the situation at Foxconn factories as “military-style management", as workers are expected not to ask any questions but just to do what has been told. As of yet, Foxconn has made no comments other than stating that the work has been resumed from Tuesday.